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Locals sought for upcoming inaugural pageant

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — The inaugural Miss Sierra Nevada and Mini-Miss Sierra Nevada HeartShine pageants are seeking interested young ladies to participate  in the event.
    According to Emily Fluke, who has participated in many pageants with the HeartShine system, she decided to start up a pageant in the area for all interested boys and girls.
    Participants, age 0 to 25, can sign up to flaunt their best formal wear and modeling June 27 at the Veterans Memorial Hall.

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Students learn about dangers of drunk driving

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — Two students are dead and another’s future is shattered after sustaining a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a drunk driving accident.
    This is the Every 15 Minutes scenario portrayed at Herlong High School to show students the horrifying consequences of drunk driving.
    The program was presented Wednesday, April 29 followed by an assembly the next day.     
    “It was a really good program for such a small school,” said CHP public information officer Shaun Simmons.

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Forest hires new public affairs officer

Saturday, May 16, 2015 — The Lassen National Forest welcomes its new public affairs officer, Joyce El Kouarti, who started in the position the first week of May.  
    “She brings strong experience in forest stewardship and communications to the Lassen,” said Forest Supervisor Dave Hays of El Kouarti. “I’m confident she’ll be a great addition to our team and an asset to the community.”
    Replacing former Public Affairs Officer Heidi Perry-McCourt, who retired at the end of last year, El Kouarti brings with her more than 15 years of public affairs and communications experience.
    After earning a bachelors degree in English from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, El Kouarti accepted a job at Boston University’s Office of Public Relations.

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Farris assumes command of Nevada guard brigade

Friday, May 15, 2015 — More than 100 soldiers, friends and family were at the Army Aviation Support Facility recently to witness history as Col. Joanne Farris became the first female brigade commander in the Nevada Guard, according to Nevada Army Guard commander Brig. Gen. Michael Hanifan.
    Farris assumed command of the 991st Multi-Functional Brigade from Col. Dan Waters, who will become the Nevada Army Guard chief of staff later this year. Farris now oversees more than 700 soldiers, including all of the Nevada Army Guard’s aviation assets.

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Cadet program begins at Lassen High

Friday, May 15, 2015 — Lassen High School’s implementation of the California Cadet Corps will offer students a quality education program designed to prepare them for success in college and the work force.
    The program, which will be offered to students in the ninth through 12th grades next school year, is a standards-based leadership program aligned to California content standards and the state high school exit exam.
    Differing from ROTC, California Cadet Corps is very educational and not just focused on the military, according to commandant Rachel Vincent
    “It’s a huge program that has so much potential,” she said.

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